The Milwaukee Bucks promised to resume back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, trying to convert regular-season success into a championship push. Sources in the New Orleans Pelicans guard Junior Holiday and Sacramento Kings forward Bogdan Bogdanovic said the Bucks made a pact to acquire two key players as soon as Tuesday morning took place.
The Bucks made an important case for Entetoconpo for why they signed a five-year Supermax extension that would be available to him soon.
Sources said that after executing the holiday trade late on Monday night, the Bucks and Kings signed an agreement on the principle of a sign-and-trade that would bring Bogdanovic and Justin James to the Bucks.
The Kings acquired the versatile Donet DiVinkenzo, DJ Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova.
Both Holiday and Bogdanovic address the need for Milwaukee shooting around Antetokonampo, and Holiday is one of the best defenders in the league.
As part of the trade for Holiday, Milwaukee has sent a package to New Orleans that includes Eric Bledos, George Hill and three first-round picks.
The trade also includes a pair of pick swaps and the deal that eventually sent Anthony Davis to Los Angeles would amount to something similar to the Pelicans he received from the Lakers last season.
Holiday, 30, was an NBA All-Defensive first-team pick in 2017–18 and a second-team pick in 2018–19. He missed out on joining the team last season.
Holiday has a reputation around the league as one of the best defenders and best two-way guard. He averaged 19.1 points and 6.7 assists last season.
Holiday is scheduled to pay $ 25.4 million for the 2020-21 season and has a player option for the following year for $ 26.3 million.
New Orleans adds to its pick wise chests, including the Lakers 2021 reverse lottery-protected pick (8-30) that goes unsafe in 2022; 2023 Lakers first-round swap possession; And a swap for another first rounder in 2024 or 2025.
Draft selections give the team even more flexibility as New Orleans looks to the future for the creation of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, a restricted free agent, but see any Pelicans as a major building block .
Holiday spent the last seven seasons in New Orleans, which earned him a 2013 draft-night deal with the Philadelphia 76ers after his All-Star season. His first three years at New Orleans were fraught with injuries, but over the past four seasons, he solidified his position as one of the top defenders in the league.
This position was endorsed by many NBA stars from the past past. Guardian Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers told Holiday New Orleans teammate JJ Redick that Holiday is “the league’s best defender” in August during an appearance in Redick’s “The Old Man and the Three Podcasts”.
In September, again on Redick’s podcast, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant called Holiday “probably the best defender in the league at guard position”.
Bogdanovic, 28, is a versatile offensive wing designed for the modern NBA – a volume 3-point shooter and an effective playwright. He attempted 36 minutes per nine 3s for the Kings last season and shot 37.2% from deep. The number increases to 40.7% when catching and shooting 3-pointers.
He is also effective on the move. Bogdanovic posted good numbers coming from the screen and dribble handoff and carried the ball well last season in the Kings’ fast-paced offense, scoring 15.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 29 games per game. .
At age 31, Blydo played nearly three seasons in Milwaukee before the start of the new campaign and averaged 14.9 points, 5.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds as the starting point guard for Buck in 2019-20. Bledsoe was a first-team all-defensive selection in 2018–19 and a second-team selection last season.
He had three years left in four years, signing a $ 70 million extension before the 2019-20 season. Bleedo owes $ 16.9 million in 2020-21, $ 18.1 million in 2021-22, and $ 19.4 million for 2022-23, although the final year is only partially guaranteed at $ 3.9 million.
Hill, 34, has two years left on his contract. He is scheduled to pay $ 9.6 million next season and $ 10 million next year, although with Bledsoe, the previous year is only partially guaranteed $ 1.3 million.
Hill led the NBA in shooting 46.0% from 3-point range last season – ahead of Redick’s 45.3%. Hill averaged 9.4 points per game as Milwaukee’s dominant reserve in 2019-20.